During the retreat for ministers-designate held yesterday (August 19) in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari implored the incoming ministers to be strong for the task ahead.
The president also attested that his administration has done well in the areas of security, economy, and the war against corruption.
Buhari, however, congratulated the ministers designate, saying “All of you are appointed to assist and advise the President in running the affairs of our country”.
“At the end of the retreat, it is hoped that all of you will be in tune with the roles and responsibilities of positions you will occupy in government. Many national issues require unified decisions.
Buhari, having noted that Nigeria needs top managers to handle its countless challenges, further said that the country will not be sitting idle and wait for the support from foreign counterparts.
The members of the new cabinet according to him will be responsible for delivering policies and programmes that can lift many Nigerians out of poverty in the next four years.
Speaking concerning the United Nations (UN) estimate that by 2050 Nigeria’s population will grow to 411 million, thereby assuming third place globally, behind India and China, Buhari described the scenario as ‘frightening’, hence the need to take action earlier.
‘’As ministers, I am counting on you together with advisers and Nigerians willing and able to contribute to building upon our road map of policies, programmes and projects that will lift the bulk of our people out of poverty and set them on the road to prosperity,’’ he said.
According to him, the purpose of the retreat is for the ministers-designate to acquaint themselves with their colleagues they would be working hand in hand with for the next four years and to reflect and assess the country’s position in 2015 and presently, as well as chart a course for the country for the foreseeable future.